Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Old phones, discarded cameras used to make medals

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Old phones, discarded cameras used to make medals

The Tokyo Organising Committee said Friday that the goal of collecting over 30kg of gold has been nearly completed, with the necessary amount of precious metals expected to be gathered by the end of March.

Orgainizers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are in the process of collecting electronic waste in order to create medals made exclusively out of recycled material, according to numerous reports.

Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals.

By November a year ago, municipal authorities had already collected 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices, with the public handing in another five million used phones to a local network provider.

But probably the most ambitious eco-friendly undertaking hails from Japan, where the organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympics started collecting old smartphones, digital cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices a couple of years back to turn them into. medals.

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Numerous gadgets were handed in at NTT Docomo stores, while others were collected at post offices and other public places.

The committee met its target of 2,700kg of bronze in June 2018, while nearly 94 percent of the 30.3kg gold target and over 85 percent of the 4,100kg silver target was met in October.

The Organising Committee said that approximately 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals are expected to be made from e-waste, adding that metal collection will be closed on March 31.

The finalized designs for Tokyo 2020 medals will be released later this year.

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